Dragon NaturallySpeaking Premium 11 [Old Version]

Dragon NaturallySpeaking Premium 11 [Old Version]

  • Software for interacting with a PC using speech instead of a keyboard and mouse
  • Spoken words appear on the computer screen--3 times faster than typing
  • Works with nearly any Windows-based application; up to 99-percent accuracy right out of the box
  • Dragon Sidebar puts key commands and tips in one desktop location for at-a-glance convenience
  • Simple installation takes just a few minutes; on-screen help and tutorials; headset included
Control Your Digital World by Voice.Dragon NaturallySpeaking 11 Premium provides a whole new way to interact with a PC -- using speech instead of a keyboard and mouse -- to help you work faster and more efficiently. Dragon turns ideas into text at the speed of thought so you can municate more freely and persuasively. Just say words and watch them appear on the puter screen -- three times faster than typing -- with no typos! Tell your PC what to do and it obeys your mands. Get more done faster: ¬

Price: $ 77.63

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  1. SanjeevP "Bottom Line" says:
    1,132 of 1,169 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars
    Excellent Speech Recognition: Carefully Select the Dragon Product You Need, September 6, 2010
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    SanjeevP “Bottom Line” (Michigan, USA) –
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    This review is from: Dragon NaturallySpeaking Premium 11 [Old Version] (Software)

    The progress in speech recognition over the years has been mind boggling. 1995 was when I first started using IBM Via Voice and you had to speak each word distinctly. Original Dragon product was called Dragon Dictate and then they changed it to Dragon Naturally Speaking in 1997 and I have been using it ever since, faithfully upgrading to each new version. At that time when you called technical support you could even talk to Dr. Janet Baker, the inventor of the speech recognition and founder of Dragon.

    With version 4 they started Dragon Naturally Speaking Medical and that helped in that medical terminology was already included albeit several folds the cost of the regular professional Dragon Naturally Speaking.

    Each version has improved the accuracy and they have not made the product unduly complicated or cluttered, as is the usual tendency with software upgrades. Version 11 of Dragon is slower and needs more resources, I could not run it in Windows 7 under Fusion and have to use it in Windows 7 under Bootcamp on Mac. The speech recognition accuracy is almost 97% in this version: it still stumbles on small words like two, to, too, 2; of, off; and, on; for, per etc. But upgrading from Dragon version 10, the improvement is accuracy is noticeable enough to make this upgrade worthwhile. Although program gives you the option of adding punctuation automatically, in my experience it does not work well and you are better off dictating punctuation. Tutorial videos that come with the program and on their Nuance web site are very helpful. In the past it really helped that you could print the commands and pin the sheet on the wall so you could reference them while dictating: not in this version, they do not give you the option of printing commands. But at least it was a pleasant surprise to see that Nuance has not ruined Dragon 11 like their other product Paperport 12.

    Sitting in front of your computer screen you say “Search Hardware Compatibility on Nuance” – and out pop the results of your search in front of your eyes. The program will open your browser, search Google and bring the results on Nuance web site on your screen. For sure, you will be wowed!

    Since it is going to be a while before the Dragon medical comes out, I decided to buy Dragon Naturally Speaking Premium 11 Bluetooth which comes with PLANTRONIC Calisto Headset with USB Dongle – 81493-02. For general dictation the accuracy is fantastic. By letting the program scan my previous documents, I have been able to add a lot of medical terminology and save money by finding no need to purchase medical version when it comes out.

    Previously they did not allow the option of using different accents in Dragon Medical but in this basic premium version you can and that has also helped improve the accuracy of speech recognition. So by selecting the Indian accent and adding medical vocabulary manually by scanning my documents, I have not only improved the accuracy but also saved money.

    I purchased Dragon Naturally Speaking Premium 11 Bluetooth and the Calisto headset that came with it works really well. Although Dragon Naturally Speaking Premium 11 with Digital Recorder comes with Philips LFH0662/00 Digital Voice Tracer 0662 , if you look at Nuance web site for accuracy of different recorders under “Hardware Compatibility” Sony ICD-MX20 Memory Stick Pro Duo Digital Voice Recorder is the only recorder that gets 6 stars and I have been using it with Dragon.

    Nuance’s marketing department is very lazy and they use the same cookie cutter boilerplate text for all the different Dragon Naturally Speaking product lines without differentiating them but if you search “Feature Matrix” on their web site you can find the differences in different lines. The very basic Dragon Naturally Speaking Home 11 cannot be used…

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  2. Hal Lancer says:
    369 of 380 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    Differences Between DNS 11 Premium & Home Versions, October 15, 2010
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    Hal Lancer (Deerfield, IL USA) –

    This review is from: Dragon NaturallySpeaking Premium 11 [Old Version] (Software)
    If you are trying to decide between the Home and Premium versions of Dragon NaturallySpeaking 11, here is what Premium DNS 11 does that Home DNS 11 will not let you do:
    * import or export custom word lists
    * use voice commands (in English only, though) for Excel and PowerPoint 2003, 2007, or 2010 (Both versions can use voice commands for certain other programs such as Word)
    * playback speech in documents
    * save settings for more than one type of audio input device in a user profile
    * allow transcription from certain supported digital recorders
    * support a certain Bluetooth device for dictation

    If you’re new to DNS, you may find that one or more Premium features are very useful to your optimal use of the program. Most importantly for me, Premium can import or export custom word lists. If in your documents you often use a specialized vocabulary, say for a profession or hobby, and you can find online or in a file a list of common vocabulary words for it, you can save that list in Word in .txt file format and then import that .txt file directly into Premium DNS 11. This can be a tremendous timesaver over entering the words manually, depending on the size of your list. In DNS Home, you can enter new vocabulary the software will then recognize, but you’ll do it typing or orally spelling them in, one word at a time. In Premium, after importing a list, you will likely still have to do voice training with a small percentage of your specialized vocab words, but most of them will be immediately recognized by DNS when you dictate them without any special training.

    If you want to see Nuance’s official list of the differences between the DNS versions, websearch “Dragon NaturallySpeaking Feature Matrix” and look for the .PDF file in the results. If you need more info about device support, websearch “Nuance Hardware Compatibility.” Some other gear not listed there (such as my Plantronics USB headset) does work with DNS; Nuance just hasn’t tested or rated it. Nonsupported digital recorders or Bluetooth devices may not work at all, however.

    There are lots of mixed reviews here for DNS 11, I see. My own experience has been very positive with DNS 11 Premium version. It installed easily into Windows 7 Professional 64-bit for me and has done very accurate dictations with minimal training using a Plantronics .audio 630M USB headset. Because my PC is set up in the most secure fashion, with separate administrator and limited user accounts, I have had a couple issues related to my DNS User Profile and administrator privileges (when I needed to import vocabulary, and when I needed to set an Accuracy Training schedule), but I have worked them out. Most people will not have similar problems unless they have a Vista or Windows 7 PC with at least one limited user account; many Win7 users do not have their PC set up that way.

    Although the software is surprisingly accurate out-of-the-box with many basic dictations and commands, to really get the most out of it, especially if you are new to voice-recognition software, you should plan to spend some time studying the Nuance workbook, viewing the tutorials available at the Nuance website, and using the Dragon Sidebar within the software to memorize and practice using the many commands. DNS 11 rewards study and practice with enhanced performance.

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  3. Amazon Customer says:
    1,053 of 1,106 people found the following review helpful
    1.0 out of 5 stars
    Transcription Fail – Sent Back to Amazon, September 6, 2010
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    Amazon Customer (United States) –
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    This review is from: Dragon NaturallySpeaking Premium 11 [Old Version] (Software)

    Dragon Naturally Speaking Premium 11 by Nuance / B003VNCROU

    I bought this software with one goal in mind – my intent was to couple the software with a solid voice recorder in order to transcribe spoken notes, reviews, and journal entries. My intent was to “talk on the road” my reviews and journal entries, load the sound files onto my computer at the end of the day, feed them into Dragon, and with a minimum of editing turn out the text so that I could then paste the result into an Amazon window and bang off for the evening. As you will see, this didn’t work so well.

    Firstly, I did my research. The Nuance website has plenty of graphs on the best voice recorders for their software. I eventually went with the Philips Black Digital Voice Tracer 0660 – an inexpensive model (due to its lack of bells and whistles that I didn’t need) that records with crystal clarity, has one of the best ratings on the Nuance site, and is *optionally bundled with this version of the software*. I want to emphasize that point – I own the recommended digital voice recorder that Nuance bundles with this device (for an extra $100, of course).

    Once Dragon 11 came in the mail, setup was relatively breezy. I set this up on a Windows 7 environment with no problems. I was a little disappointed, however, to see that the transcription abilities right out of the box weren’t exactly 90% or better – just to be clear, I loaded in a simple three-sentence sound file and Dragon only got a single word right. Direct dictation worked a lot better, but I didn’t buy this to sit at my computer and speak – I bought it to transcribe audio files.

    Dragon 11 allows you to train the system by reading pre-set text into your recording device, and letting Dragon consume the recording and get to know you a little better. I read the full 14 pages of “Alice in Wonderland”, loaded it into Dragon, and left it to its devices. I also read another 10 pages of “3001: The Final Odyssey” and fed that into Dragon as well. As the final step, and because Dragon kept nagging me to do so with reminders, I loaded in the text files of every review I’ve written on Amazon, with the understanding that this would improve the personal dictionary, as well as help Dragon understand my speech nuances.

    Confident that my profile was now fairly well fleshed-out, I began loading journal entries that I’d spoken into my recorder over the past few days. I was frustrated and annoyed at how bad the transcription recognition still was. I would say that the software is only correct about 50% of the time – I’d round it up to about 60% for “content”, if not for word-to-word accuracy. I went through 5 journal entries, “correcting” manually as best I could (this is supposed to teach the software), but the recognition seemed to get worse with each sound file. The correction feature is INCREDIBLY fussy and fiddly, too – highlighting a couple of words and right-clicking “correct” sounds easy enough, but the highlighted selection will shift sometimes, and sometimes your corrections will move to where Dragon *thinks* you meant them to go. I felt like I was fighting the software, instead of working with it!

    Final straw was when I finally had to copy-and-paste everything into a Word document, just so that I could make my corrections without my typed text being moved to where I didn’t want it to go. I bought this software to save time, and I’d be willing to invest the time to train it, if I thought the training would make a difference, but I just don’t.

    I like to provide clear examples in reviews, so before I uninstalled Dragon and packaged it up for return, I told it to transcribe my “Alice in Wonderland” recording. Keep in mind that this is the recording that my *entire profile* was initially built on – Dragon took this recording, coupled with its internal transcript, and used it to learn my voice and inflections. I then took the source file I read (left) and compared it to the Dragon transcription attempt (right) and loaded them into Beyond Compare and printed off a pdf comparison (link below in comments). Note that the ONLY lines that Dragon sensed correctly were the chapter titles. I can’t include links here in the review, but I’ll post them in the comments – along with a link to my audio file, so you can hear for yourself what Dragon heard (and I’ll cop to the fact that my reading isn’t flawless).

    I’d like to emphasize that I’m not posting this review to hate on Dragon – I’m impressed that it can do what it does. However, I spent my money on what I thought would be a relatively clean and correct transcription tool, and since it doesn’t do what I need it to, I had to send it back for a refund with no hard feelings. The only reason I’m posting this is to help others…

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